The Modell of Wit, Mirth, Eloquence, and Conuersation [The Decameron Containing an hundred pleasant novels. Wittily discoursed, between seaven Honourable Ladies, and three Noble Gentlemen]

London: printed by Isaac Jaggard, 1625, 1620.

A hugely important and influential work of Italian Renaissance literature

(Item #5966) The Modell of Wit, Mirth, Eloquence, and Conuersation [The Decameron Containing an hundred pleasant novels. Wittily discoursed, between seaven Honourable Ladies, and three Noble Gentlemen]. Giovanni Boccaccio.

The Modell of Wit, Mirth, Eloquence, and Conuersation [The Decameron Containing an hundred pleasant novels. Wittily discoursed, between seaven Honourable Ladies, and three Noble Gentlemen]

London: printed by Isaac Jaggard, 1625, 1620. Second and first English language editions. Bound to style in modern calf embossed in blind with gilt to spine, containing the second edition of Book I and the first edition of Book II of The Decameron. Measuring 260 x 172mm and bound without A1 (blank) to volume I else complete and conforming to Pforzheimer's collations for both volumes. Repairs and remargining to first five leaves of volume I; repaired tear affecting text on K3 of volume I; persistent dampstaining to lower margins and to some portions of text of K3-6, L1, Q-Bb, Ee2 of volume I. Repair to lower half of Nn5 not affecting text. Volume II with persistent dampstaining to upper corner, most visibly at Ii1r-Mm1v, Rr2v-Rr4v, Vv1-4, Xx-Yy. Title page to volume 2 trimmed a bit at the top margin. Small marginal hole to L4 not affecting text. Occasional contemporary notations to margins and blanks.

One of the classic early works of world literature and a source that Shakespeare drew from. This first translation into English is generally attributed to John Florio. Bound in 19th century full red morocco by Bedford with lovely gilt work in the spine compartments, turn-ins and boards. All edges gilt. Folio (pages 265 x 170 mm), collating complete, with the exception of the two blank leaves, one at the end of part one and the other at the beginning of part two. With all numbering inconsistencies as noted in Pforzheimer, 71. Woodcut title pages trimmed a little close, otherwise ample margins. A few tears or very minor marginal chips to the leaves, professionally repaired at the time of rebinding. Minor wear to the binding at the joints and spine ends, but overall, a clean and very handsome copy, printed by same shop that would print Shakespeare's first folio in 1623. While copies of the second edition of part one (1625), bound with the first edition of part two can usually be located, true first printings of both parts are quite scarce. From the collection of Sir Charles Tennant, with his bookplate on the front paste-down.

Boccaccio’s famed story collection, a classic of renaissance literature – and one of the world’s great books. The stories of the Decameron are told in turn by a group of young Florentines, who have fled the city in order to escape the Plague. (Boccaccio himself had lost relatives during an epidemic of the Black Death in mid 14th century Florence.) The tales of the Decameron were often inspired by – or directly taken from – folk tales both local to Italy and Europe, as well as many that had their origin in the Middle East or even India. The book was quite popular when it was released, especially with northern Italy’s merchant class, and the influence of the Decameron is extremely wide ranging – stretching from Shakespeare and Chaucer, all the way to Edgar Allan Poe.

Pforzheimer 72 (for volume I), 71 (for volume II).
(Item #5966)

The Modell of Wit, Mirth, Eloquence, and Conuersation [The Decameron Containing an hundred pleasant novels. Wittily discoursed, between seaven Honourable Ladies, and three Noble Gentlemen]
The Modell of Wit, Mirth, Eloquence, and Conuersation [The Decameron Containing an hundred pleasant novels. Wittily discoursed, between seaven Honourable Ladies, and three Noble Gentlemen]
The Modell of Wit, Mirth, Eloquence, and Conuersation [The Decameron Containing an hundred pleasant novels. Wittily discoursed, between seaven Honourable Ladies, and three Noble Gentlemen]
The Modell of Wit, Mirth, Eloquence, and Conuersation [The Decameron Containing an hundred pleasant novels. Wittily discoursed, between seaven Honourable Ladies, and three Noble Gentlemen]
The Modell of Wit, Mirth, Eloquence, and Conuersation [The Decameron Containing an hundred pleasant novels. Wittily discoursed, between seaven Honourable Ladies, and three Noble Gentlemen]
The Modell of Wit, Mirth, Eloquence, and Conuersation [The Decameron Containing an hundred pleasant novels. Wittily discoursed, between seaven Honourable Ladies, and three Noble Gentlemen]
The Modell of Wit, Mirth, Eloquence, and Conuersation [The Decameron Containing an hundred pleasant novels. Wittily discoursed, between seaven Honourable Ladies, and three Noble Gentlemen]
The Modell of Wit, Mirth, Eloquence, and Conuersation [The Decameron Containing an hundred pleasant novels. Wittily discoursed, between seaven Honourable Ladies, and three Noble Gentlemen]
The Modell of Wit, Mirth, Eloquence, and Conuersation [The Decameron Containing an hundred pleasant novels. Wittily discoursed, between seaven Honourable Ladies, and three Noble Gentlemen]

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